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by qukalake
Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: stripper (paint, not the other type, although,,,,nevermind)
Replies: 14
Views: 6371

Gents, I just stripped the bottom down to the wood on my 56 holiday. Nothing works better than Old Masters, a few dollars more, but worth it. Believe it or not the second-best in my opinion is a brand at your local Wal-Mart, the house brand. Good luck
by qukalake
Mon May 17, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Set screws on shaft support
Replies: 2
Views: 1321

Set screws on shaft support

1956 Chris-Craft holiday 18 feet -- I am getting ready to change the strut bearing, and am amazed there are no set screws, indicating this is a press fit only. Can someone confirm that, please. Any leads on the best place to purchase a Cutlas bearing? Thanks
by qukalake
Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: engine block heater
Replies: 6
Views: 3522

Ouch! Easy fellas, let me try to explain with a little more detail. I'm full-time here, I don't go to Florida, but a lot of people do. I watch several houses for people when they go, and this is where I got the idea. Garages here in the steep areas are built into the hillside, henceforth, sometimes ...
by qukalake
Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:30 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: engine block heater
Replies: 6
Views: 3522

Block heater

Bill, for what it's worth, I'm here in the Finger Lak es Western New York State. I keep my 56 utility, small block Chevy in my garage all winter. Inside the motor box I keep two 60 W bulbs running continuously. Never a problem, unless your bulbs burn out while you're swimming down at Marco Island. T...
by qukalake
Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:47 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Tinting sealer with copper bronze paint
Replies: 0
Views: 1222

Tinting sealer with copper bronze paint

Gentlemen, I have heard that adding several ounces of copper bronze, into the sealer will help the adhesion of the copper bronze. And it will will help to tint the sealer which is 2018 Pettit clear. Can anybody verify?
by qukalake
Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:44 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: CC cradle specs
Replies: 0
Views: 1904

CC cradle specs

Good morning gentlemen; This winter my decks are going to be restored. I am in need of the cradle specs for my 56' Holiday, 18' utility. Anyone have that info or a lead? With the small block it scales about 2100 lbs. Recommendations welcomed on casters.
by qukalake
Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:24 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Short video to all classic boat fans
Replies: 4
Views: 2384

BRAVO !!!! We could use more of this, very heart warming. Thanks
by qukalake
Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Stripping paint, bung options
Replies: 10
Views: 3831

Guys, I have had great luck with "Old Masters" and it's easy to find.
by qukalake
Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:42 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: removal of bent shaft?
Replies: 20
Views: 7774

Jim, one little trick you can do prior to launch is put only a couple of inches of water in the boat and take note of the dripping. Sort of a pre-soak at home, but do not put alot of water, it is too much weight. As water drips out, replace it, set the trailer jack to level the boat, then to lower t...
by qukalake
Sat Jul 11, 2009 3:09 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: removal of bent shaft?
Replies: 20
Views: 7774

Shaft removal

Jim, the most likley reason for the misalignment is that your hull is drying out and changing shape. You may have to put her back in the water with everything done except the final bolt up to the tranny, and be sure to snug up the stuffing box. Was it soaked up when you took her apart? Where have yo...
by qukalake
Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:00 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Backing to the trailor hitch
Replies: 9
Views: 5758

Gents, I have a convex 3x8 mirror, with suction cup, for water sking. When it's time to trailer, I stick it on the vertical channel that holds the winch, angled down to the ball. Works great - $20.00
by qukalake
Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:37 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: fuel tank dipstick
Replies: 16
Views: 8766

fuel tank

Guys, clearly we all have too much time on our hands. This is not brain surgery, or is it? Simple and foolproof, find out the size and shape of your tank, make it empty, add two gallons and mark on the stick "GET GAS NOW" This is the only real important mark anyway.
by qukalake
Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:31 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: fuel tank dipstick
Replies: 16
Views: 8766

Yup! I think we said the same thing. :wink:
I have a 20 gallon, and it is a fair amount of difference on my stick. I started empty, added five and marked, added five and marked, and so on. Not smart enough to do it with math!
by qukalake
Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:10 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: fuel tank dipstick
Replies: 16
Views: 8766

Craig, hello. Are the four sections of your gas stick the same size, as it appears in the pic? As I am sure you know, to divide a cylinder, half is indeed half, but 1/4 and 3/4 should be closer to 'half' than to "empty" and "full", when marked on a stick. Of course, the real important one is the 1/4...
by qukalake
Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:05 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Plating
Replies: 8
Views: 4467

Exhaust

Woody, I have dual exhause, with 4" copper. Both ends of the copper are connnected with a heavy rubber sleeve and double radiator clamps. Between the transom and the flare of the flange,(outside) I used a thin but firm gasket, and stainless bolts, not screws. Install after your bottom work and brigh...
by qukalake
Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:46 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: removal of bent shaft?
Replies: 20
Views: 7774

Jim, on your idea, the shaft may indeed have been scored by the packing in the stuffing box, and the bend in the shaft is causing it to hang up in the shaft log. I don't know how long your socket is, but it looks like, from the pics you sent, the flange is ready to come off. Try rotating the shaft b...
by qukalake
Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:30 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: removal of bent shaft?
Replies: 20
Views: 7774

Thanks Al, I'm getting as bad as Matt!
by qukalake
Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: removal of bent shaft?
Replies: 20
Views: 7774

Jim, lets move forward. If the shaft is sliding back and forth from the stuffing box to the tranny, then the flange is hung up on a burr or score mark, on the shaft itself. Press on slowly, get the flange off, and back the shaft out of the boat. The skeg wraps around the shaft, forming the housing f...
by qukalake
Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:43 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: removal of bent shaft?
Replies: 20
Views: 7774

Jim, you look OK! Very tight area, you now need shorter bolts and maby a flatter piece if steel. The shaft should press out, might be hitting a burr from the two set bolts. Where is your shaft bent, in the middle or at the tapered, threaded end? Second choice is to loosen nuts, place solid object be...
by qukalake
Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:41 pm
Forum: Thomspon Boat - General Discussion
Topic: Thompson reunion
Replies: 9
Views: 7923

Thompson reunion

Gent's, I just attended the Thompson annual reunion in Solon, NY just to the east of Cortland. We had a great time, pleanty of food, and alot of stories from the "ol timers". Several of the family members were on hand, and a number of people brought their Thompson's. Pics are attached or embedded? I...
by qukalake
Sat Jun 06, 2009 6:29 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: removal of bent shaft?
Replies: 20
Views: 7774

Jim, you got it. Looks like you have an average amount of working room there, should be enough for the “tool” I spoke of. Separate the flange, and try to tap off the shaft side, see what happens, just don’t bend it. Remember to remove the set (2) bolts completely, they are bedded in dimples on the s...
by qukalake
Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: removal of bent shaft?
Replies: 20
Views: 7774

Shaft removal

Jim; key word here is slow,slow,slow.The shaft has to come out the back of the boat. Remove prop, break open the stuffing box, remove the two set bolts in the shaft side of flange. Now the work starts. In a perfect world, the shaft backs out of the flange, and out the back of the boat. Yeah right! J...
by qukalake
Sun May 31, 2009 9:38 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: removal of bent shaft?
Replies: 20
Views: 7774

How are you Jim? My prop guy says, don’t waste your time and money, they can’t be straightened. They usually bent at the taper, and it’s just not worth it, your drive train is too important. Here, you can get a 40”-50” X 1” for a little over $200. Don’t forget to take them the shaft side of your fla...
by qukalake
Tue May 26, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Throttle Lever Disassembly
Replies: 13
Views: 6458

Mstover, Call Wade, in Pa. he will give you a basic quote on the phone. Tell him you got his name from the CC Boat Buzz. He does good work, and is fast return in the off season, I do not know about in season speed. Heck, he may not even have a slow season....
by qukalake
Tue May 19, 2009 11:09 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Soaking and Leaking
Replies: 3
Views: 2507

Ice, I run a 56 Holiday with a re-fastned origional bottom. This one soakes up tight in about three hours, and after an hour or two, it's taken on two quarts +/- not even enough to trip one of two bilge pumps. On the hoist, I pull the plug, and if I do not use the boat for a couple of days, I'll low...
by qukalake
Tue May 19, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Throttle Lever Disassembly
Replies: 13
Views: 6458

Wade is very good, he just did my exhaust flanges, very inexpensive. Right on time, also.
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by qukalake
Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Prop shaft removal?
Replies: 11
Views: 4410

Sorry for the extra post, it's late!
by qukalake
Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:04 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Prop shaft removal?
Replies: 11
Views: 4410

Al, Thanks for your reply. I did not look forward to a slam bar anyway. A car buddy of mine said a wheel puller is the only way to go; of course there is no room. So we made a small one, and it worked very well. It’s more like a press, two heavy pieces of steel, with .5” holes 3.25” apart. Two high ...
by qukalake
Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Prop shaft removal?
Replies: 11
Views: 4410

Al, Thanks for your reply. I did not look forward to a slam bar anyway. A car buddy of mine said a wheel puller is the only way to go; of course there is no room. So we made a small one, and it worked very well. It’s more like a press, two heavy pieces of steel, with .5” holes 3.25” apart. Two high ...
by qukalake
Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:46 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Prop shaft removal?
Replies: 11
Views: 4410

Prop shaft removal?

Gents, I need your help! Got a bent stainless prop shaft, and can't free it from the coupling flange. Does anybody have any tricks, I just put the motor back in the boat a month ago. Not looking forward to pulling it back out. Not sure the bend will pass through the strut bering anyway. I have it so...